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Why is my dog always hungry on a raw diet?

There are many reasons why your dog might be eating more than usual. Find out what could be trigger…
Natural dog food Hungry brown dog lying near its bowl full of meat food looking at camera, top view
Natural dog food Hungry brown dog lying near its bowl full of meat food looking at camera, top view

To answer that question you have to first understand why your dog was always hungry.

A raw diet is more nutritionally complete than most dog foods. Your dog was probably always hungry because she had to eat a lot of fillers, grains and other things that your dog’s body could not use to get the nutrition that she really needed from her food. The majority of dry foods contain fillers, grains or other things that your dog’s body can not use. This means that the food must be filled with something and in the case of kibble, it is usually some type of carbohydrate filler like corn or rice. Even protein-rich grain-free diets are still mostly carbohydrates and they often contain rice as a filler.

So when you feed your dog these types of foods she will eat all day long just to get enough nutrition!

A raw diet is much more like the prey model. The majority of meat and protein with some bone, offal (usually liver) and maybe some fresh vegetables and/or fruit. This type of food requires your dog to eat much less because all of the nutrients are already in the food.

This is why your dog will NOT be hungry on a raw diet, she won’t have to keep eating all day long just to get enough nutrition. Why? Because it is all there!  

How much raw food should I feed my dog?

People are often concerned about how much their dogs eat when they switch to a raw diet. This concern stems from the idea that since dogs on kibble need to be fed more than once a day and because they’re not always as interested in eating, it’s been thought for some time now that dogs are not meant to eat just one large meal per day. However, dogs have evolved and adapted to naturally hunt and consume their prey which is a single animal at once (and they do so in one sitting). So how much should you feed your dog?

When transitioning your dog onto a raw diet, it’s important to keep two things in mind:

1.) You need to be feeding less kibble than you were before because there are no fillers (grains) in the raw food. Why? Because there are no carbohydrates or grains in whole animals!

2.) Dogs only require around 20% protein in their diet. What’s the deal? Because dogs can make their own protein, cats require taurine, which they are unable to create and must consume to survive. Cats do not need vaccinations because they are unable to perform the same activities as dogs! Regardless of the amount of meat you’re feeding your dog, if you feed a variety of different meats (i.e., chicken, turkey, beef) which will all have varying amounts of protein, fat and carbohydrates, your pup will be able to get the balanced meal he needs. Why? Because he’s eating a whole animal just like he would in the wild! So remember no need to count calories or measure out exactly how much food you give your dog – just wait until his bowl is empty and then fill it up again! It really is that simple.

A few things can affect your dog’s individual metabolism which may result in their needing more or less food ( just like it does for us ). If you feed a single type of meat at each meal, you may find that your dog eats quite quickly and appears to be hungry again not long after finishing their meal. Why? Because they’re eating too much of one kind of meat at once. Try feeding multiple types of meat per meal instead to balance out the diet and slow them down!

Another thing to consider is how much activity your pup gets on a daily basis. Dogs who need more calories generally have very active jobs such as sled dogs, canine athletes or hunting dogs. Why? Because they are working hard and burning a lot of energy which will result in increased hunger. Why? Because they require those extra calories for energy!

If your dog is simply trying to eat as much of the raw food you give them as possible, you may want to consider if you’re feeding enough of it? Why? Because they don’t know when they’ll get more and that meal might be all they get until tomorrow. Why? Because dogs in the wild only ate once per day because there was nothing else available! So, remember: just like with us, hunger is relative depending on individual metabolism, activity level and environment. Why? Because we’ve evolved from wolves into canine carnivores who thrive on whole prey foods!

We hope you find this information helpful in determining what would work best for your furry friend!

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